Kenny Chesney Tops List as Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood Reveal ACM Nominees

Rodney Atkins, Miranda Lambert, Big & Rich, Taylor Swift Receive Multiple Nominations

Kenny Chesney snagged mentions in seven categories to emerge as the top nominee for the 43rd annual Academy of Country Music Awards. Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood announced the nominations during a Tuesday morning (March 4) press conference at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in downtown Nashville.

The contenders were revealed during a broadcast of The Early Show. The CBS news program also featured live performances by multiple nominees Rodney Atkins and Miranda Lambert, the ACM’s reigning new male and new female vocalists. Others receiving two or more nominations this year include Paisley, Big & Rich, Emerson Drive, Rascal Flatts, LeAnn Rimes, Sugarland, Taylor Swift and Keith Urban.

Chesney’s nominations includes another bid for entertainer of the year. If he’s successful, it will be his fourth consecutive win the coveted prize. For the first time in ACM history, fans will choose the entertainer of the year winner. Fan voting begins May 5, and more details will be announced at a later date, according to the ACM.

Chesney is also nominated for top male vocalist and album, single, song and video of the year. Additionally, he and longtime friends Tracy Lawrence and Tim McGraw are nominated for vocal event of the year for “Find Out Who Your Friends Are,” a hit single from Lawrence’s For the Love album. Chesney and George Strait are also nominated in the vocal event category for their “Shiftwork.”

Joining Chesney among the entertainer of the year nominees are Paisley, Rascal Flatts, George Strait and Keith Urban. Chesney, Atkins, Paisley, Strait and Urban are up for top male vocalist, and Lambert, Swift, Underwood, Martina McBride and Rimes are nominated for top female vocalist.

View photos from the ACM press conference.

Here’s a complete list of this year’s ACM nominees:

Entertainer of the Year
Kenny Chesney
Brad Paisley
Rascal Flatts
George Strait
Keith Urban

Top Male Vocalist
Rodney Atkins
Kenny Chesney
Brad Paisley
George Strait
Keith Urban

Top Female Vocalist
Miranda Lambert
Martina McBride
LeAnn Rimes
Taylor Swift
Carrie Underwood

Top Vocal Group
Diamond Rio
The Eagles
Emerson Drive
Little Big Town
Rascal Flatts

Top Vocal Duo
Big & Rich
Brooks & Dunn
Halfway To Hazard
Montgomery Gentry
Sugarland

Top New Male Vocalist
Luke Bryan
Jack Ingram
Jake Owen

Top New Female Vocalist
Sarah Buxton
Kellie Pickler
Taylor Swift

Top New Duo or Vocal Group
Carolina Rain
Lady Antebellum
The Wreckers

Album of the Year
5th Gear, Brad Paisley
Producer: Frank Rogers

Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, Miranda Lambert
Producers: Frank Liddell, Mike Wrucke

Just Who I Am: Poets & Pirates, Kenny Chesney
Producers: Buddy Cannon, Kenny Chesney

If You’re Going Through Hell, Rodney Atkins
Producers: Rodney Atkins, Ted Hewitt

Taylor Swift, Taylor Swift
Producers: Scott Borchetta, Nathan Chapman, Robert Ellis Orrall

Single Record of the Year
“Don’t Blink,” Kenny Chesney
Producers: Buddy Cannon, Kenny Chesney

“Famous in a Small Town,” Miranda Lambert
Producers: Frank Liddell, Mike Wrucke

“Lost in This Moment,” Big & Rich
Producers: Big Kenny, John Rich

“Stay,” Sugarland
Producers: Kristian Bush, Byron Gallimore, Jennifer Nettles

“Watching Airplanes,” Gary Allan
Producers: Gary Allan, Mark Wright

Song of the Year
“Don’t Blink”
Artist: Kenny Chesney
Writers: Casey Beathard, Chris Wallin

“Lost in This Moment”
Artist: Big & Rich
Writers: Keith Anderson, Rodney Clawson, John Rich

“Moments”
Artist: Emerson Drive
Writers: Dave Berg, Annie Tate, Sam Tate

“Watching You”
Artist: Rodney Atkins
Writers: Rodney Atkins, Steve Dean, Brian White

“Stay”
Artist: Sugarland
Writer: Jennifer Nettles

Video of the Year
“Don’t Blink,” Kenny Chesney
Producer: Tacklebox Films
Director: Shaun Silva

“Lost in This Moment,” Big & Rich
Producers: Big Kenny, Steve Lamar, Marc Oswald
Directors: Robert Deaton, George Flanigen

“Online,” Brad Paisley
Producer: Frames Per Second
Director: Jason Alexander

“Stay,” Sugarland
Producers: Kristian Bush, Byron Gallimore, Jennifer Nettles
Director: Shaun Silva

“Watching You,” Rodney Atkins
Producer: Broken Poet Production
Director: Eric Welch

Vocal Event
“Because of You,” Reba McEntire Duet With Kelly Clarkson
Producers: Tony Brown, Reba McEntire

“Find Out Who Your Friends Are,” Tracy Lawrence With Tim McGraw and Kenny Chesney
Producers: Julian King, Tracy Lawrence

“Shiftwork,” Kenny Chesney Duet With George Strait
Producers: Buddy Cannon, Kenny Chesney

“Till We Ain’t Strangers Anymore,” Bon Jovi Featuring LeAnn Rimes
Producer: Dann Huff

“What You Give Away,” Vince Gill With Sheryl Crow
Producers: Vince Gill, John Hobbs, Justin Niebank